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October 11, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

Judge Thomas Jackson has ordered Microsoft Corp to allow the Justice Department access to its accounting databases for use as evidence in the upcoming antitrust trial. The start of the trial was also officially delayed by another four days, to October 19, as the judge agreed to a request made by both sides earlier in the week. What’s more, Microsoft said it will file a new request with the court to postpone the trial another two weeks until November 2. On the issue of the databases, Microsoft had already turned over some of the sales information the government requested, but there was a squabble over access to the company’s internal revenue reporting software, which is necessary to interpret the data. Microsoft had argued that government computers could not even run the software, at which point the DOJ said it would go out to Redmond to analyze the information there – something Microsoft staunchly opposed. Judge Jackson made it clear that the company cannot attempt to shield the information with technological issues, so he ordered that arrangements must be made to get the information in front of government lawyers. Separately, each side added new witnesses to its list. The government will now be calling James Gosling, vice president and fellow at Sun Microsystems Inc and one of the fathers of Java, as well as Avadis Tevanian, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple Computer Inc. Microsoft will counter with Bob Muglia, its senior vice president for applications and tools, and Eric Engstrom, its general manager for multimedia.

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